Wedding Barns are a classic choice for brides and grooms looking for a quintessentially English wedding, as there are so many beautiful wedding barn venues throughout the UK and in and around County Durham . With their cosy, picturesque feel, stone floors and wooden interiors, barns are perfect for couples who want something relaxed yet romantic. Enjoy the countryside views, beams strewn with delicate fairy lights and bunting and beautiful photo opportunities, all while enjoying modern heating and sound systems. Most wedding barn venues allow 'dry hire' where you have carte blanche to choose your own caterers and suppliers.
Country wedding barns are fantastic if you’ve always dreamed of a countryside wedding, as by their nature they tend to be in beautiful rural areas, with fabulous views of rolling fields. As well as lots of peace and quiet, this means lots of space for your guests to spread out, and for children to run around. As some wedding barns are part of working farms, you may find there are even some animals present on your wedding day!
Barns work for weddings of all sizes, as they come in a range of sizes with some barns having several rooms connected to each other, so that you can hold the wedding ceremony and wedding reception in separate spaces. Other barns are smaller so will have everything in one place, perfect if you’re dreaming of an intimate barn wedding.
Barn wedding venues are great for you if:
- You love everything rustic and vintage.
- You love being in the country.
- You want flexibility when it comes to the reception and ceremony set-up.
- You want something that works in every season.
Barn Wedding Venues in County Durham FAQ
To hire a barn wedding venue, how much will I be likely to pay?
Some couples are surprised to find that barns can cost the same as stately home wedding venues. As rustic wedding venues are increasingly in demand, barns are very popular with brides in the UK, which means that you may have to be compromise on your wedding date to save some pounds. You could consider marrying on mid-week, or in an off-peak season. Barns look just as pretty in early Spring and late Autumn as they do in Summer, so you can afford to pick a calendar month with less competition.
What themes work well at a barn wedding venue?
Classic English garden and vintage wedding themes are ideal for a barn, as the natural textures, stones and woods work perfectly together. However, you shouldn’t feel that you can only have a rustic wedding theme! You can easily throw a glamorous black tie wedding in a barn venue in County Durham - simply hang chandeliers and add plenty of luxurious floral arrangements and candles to your tables. Festival weddings and more casual, colourful themes are also brilliant in barn venues, as the colours really work.
Won’t a barn venue be cold?
Most barn wedding venues have bee renovated to have an efficient heating system in to keep you and your guests warm even in the winter months! As well as central heating, you may also have the option of fire pits or patio heaters for the outdoor spaces. If you’re having a winter barn wedding, then you should be well taken care of, but you may want to provide blankets in case the evening gets chilly!
Can I have fireworks at my barn wedding?
As some barns in County Durham are part of farms, they often have restrictions on fireworks to avoid scaring animals. This also applies to sky lanterns and non-natural confetti. If you’re dreaming of fireworks at your barn wedding, we recommend filtering your barn venue search by Fireworks Permitted.
What if my guests want to stay over?
Unlike a hotel or manor house wedding venue, barn wedding venues are less likely to have accommodation on site. Some barns in County Durham may have nearby cottages or B&Bs as part of their grounds, but often you’ll have to travel a little further afield for guest accommodation. Consider putting on transport or arranging taxis for your guests, and making a weekend in the country out of it.